Scoring 1,000 points in a career is a huge high school basketball accomplishment.  I’ve always enjoyed going to The Patriot-News/PennLive.com and watching the videos of players scoring their 1,000th point.  Watching the coaches, fans, and players celebrate reminds me of all the people who have contributed to this accomplishment.  Many factors go into this milestone, but the one common factor is that player showing up each and every night ready to play.  The ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ can’t begin to explain how hard those players have had to work.  The 1,000-point scorers on our Varsity Boys’ team have elevated the program to reach new heights and push to pursue new challenges.

Our girls program has been on the rise since Jeane Serino began coaching in the early 90’s.  She developed many great players that took the team to numerous districts appearances (winning the Varsity Girls’ first district game in school history in 2009), and achieving an undefeated SIAC championship in 2005-06.  In addition, for the past three years the Varsity Girls’ team has earned a place in district playoffs for three years in a row. However, the one thing that has been missing from the program is a female 1,000-point scorer.  Until now.

Laura Mowery ’16 starting playing basketball at Harrisburg Academy when she was in 7th grade.  As her coach at the time, I didn’t think she would become the first female 1,000-point scorer (at the time, she was not even a starter).  However, players are not made in 7th grade; they are made over time.  Over the next four years, she drastically improved as a basketball player with hard work and the determination to succeed.  Her warrior-like attitude on the court and the drive to win is why she is now the first female 1,000-point scorer in Harrisburg Academy history.  Our girls’ basketball program will benefit from her great accomplishment even after she graduates in June.  I look forward to future players staring at the leading scorer board and saying to themselves “I’m going to beat Laura Mowery’s record”.  Laura, thank you for setting the bar to a new level.

*John Martin is also the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team head coach.